Friday, September 5, 2008

3-Cheese Sandwich

4 ounces Italian bread, I use the loaves from the grocer's bakery
4 ounces goat cheese (Chevre)
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
2 ounces parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons spoon extra virgin olive oil
garlic salt
4-6 basil leaves
1 large ripened tomato
8 ounces good quality aged balsamic vinegar
sugar (optional)
1Cut bread into two sandwhich size pieces and slice each down the middle.
2Seperate into 4 pieces of bread, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic salt and parmesan cheese.
3Put in baking pan in preheated oven at 400 degrees. Bake for about 3 minutes or until bread just begins to brown.
4Pull out of oven and top 2 of the pieces with 2 round slices of goat cheese.
5On the other two pieces of bread place slices of tomato and a couple basil leaves followed by slices of fresh mozzarella on top of the tomatoes and basil leaves.
6Put back in the oven for another 7-8 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.
7About 30 minutes before starting the sandwich, heat the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon sugar if desired. Reduce to medium heat and let reduce by half stirring occasionally. Pour syrupy liquid into either ramekins or another small dish.
8Put in freezer for about 15 minutes. Do not let freeze.
9Assemble sandwhiches while they are still hot and let rest for 5 minutes.
10Serve with balsamic glaze drizzled on top of cheese.
11You'll need some napkins!